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Maintenance Mechanic/Millwright Apprenticeships

Application Process

  • Obtain application from the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (see address and phone below).
  • To become an apprentice in the state of Wisconsin, one must first be indentured by the State Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (BAS).
  • Complete and return your application with a copy of a high school transcript or GED.
  • Contact an employer on your own. Each company has its own requirements for entry into the apprenticeship program.
  • Once you have a sponsor, contact the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards who will create an apprenticeship contract between you and your employer.


For apprentice applications, call the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards office 715.874.4627


Contact for Bureau of
Apprenticeship Standards
Rachell Faber
620 W Clairemont Avenue
Eau Claire WI 54701
Phone: 715.874.4627
Fax: 715.874.4603

WITC Rice Lake

Randy Deli, Academic Dean
715.234.7082, ext. 5113

Margie Ince, Apprenticeship Assistant
715.234.7082, ext. 5289

WITC Industrial Maintenance Student


WITC Industrial Maintenance Instructor

Apprenticeship Information

Work Description:
Maintenance mechanics, machine repairers and millwrights install, dismantle or move machinery and heavy equipment according to layout plans, blueprints or other drawings. They keep machines, mechanical equipment or the structure of an establishment in repair. Duties may involve pipefitting, boiler making, insulating, welding, machining, carpentry, repairing electrical or mechanical equipment, installing, aligning and balancing new equipment and repairing buildings, floors or stairs. Essentially these individuals repair the buildings and everything mechanically within its contents.

Working Conditions:
Maintenance mechanics, machine repairers and millwrights employed in manufacturing or repairs often work in a typical factory setting and use protective equipment such as safety belts, protective glasses and hard hats to avoid common hazards.

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Age 18 or over
  • Physically capable of performing the trade
  • Entry requirements vary by employer.

Terms of Apprenticeship:

  • 4-year training program
  • 7,424 hours on-the-job training
  • 576 hours of paid related instruction over a 4-year period
  • Classroom instruction is scheduled every other week which includes 18 eight-hour days during the academic year.

The apprentice is paid a wage while training with the sponsoring employer. Wisconsin law requires a progressive schedule for wage increases during the term of the contract. The apprentice’s wage is guided by the skilled wage rate paid in the same trade.